Mongo Santamaria —
Red Hot ... LP Tappan Zee, 1979. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A great Bob James-directed session from Mongo Santamaria – and a set that takes the fusion-inflected Latin work he was doing on the Vaya label, and blends it with an even tighter, sharper CTI Records vibe! The approach is a bit like that combination of underground Latin and larger label resources that brought great sounds to both Ray Barretto and the Fania All Stars at the time – and the session features excellent CTI help from Bob James on keyboards, Eric Gale on guitar, and Hubert Laws on flute – the latter of whom got his start working with Mongo in the 60s! Titles include a funky electric remake of "Watermelon Man", plus the cuts "Afro Cuban Fantasy", "Jamaican Sunrise", "Jai Alai", and "Sambita". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp and tracklist sticker.)
A Latin soul party – beyond compare! The album's a completely wonderful live set that really captures the energy, excitement, and warm sociability of the hip New York scene at the end of the 60s. The music is stunning – a freewheeling blend of jazz, soul, and Latin themes – played with effortless ease by a lineup that includes Joe Bataan, Ray Barretto, Willie Colon, Larry Harlow, Bobby Quesada, Louie Ramirez, Ralph Robles, and some of the other heavy-hitters of the Latin soul years. (Just imagine trying to get so many jazz or rock talents together on one stage – it would never happen!) The album's incredible – and even the spoken introductions and crowd noise really help set the feel of the era's mighty magic power! Titles on this second volume include "Kikapoo Joy Juice", "If This World Were Mine", "Richie's Bag", "Red Garter Strut", and "Son Cuero Y Boogaloo". Firey stuff, and one of their best records! LP, Vinyl record album
Candido's firey conga is backed by a tight jazz group conducted by Ernie Wilkins. The players include Art Farmer, Jimmy Cleveland, Hank Jones, and Ernie Royal, and although they don't get to solo much, they play nice and hard, and give Candido great support in the background. Tracks include "Lady in Red", "Warm Blue Stream", "Tin Tin Deo", "Kinda Dukish", and "Takeela". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has moderate wear with splitting & aging. NOTE: Vinyl has heat warpage that makes the first track on each side unplayable.)
Very cool very excellent early Joe Cuba record, recorded right in the middle of the boogaloo era, with a great set of tracks that includes "My Man Speedy", "I'm Insane", "Talk About Luv", "T.C.O.B.", and "Hey Joe, Hey Joe". Excellent stuff, with tight playing, goofy lyrics, and very catchy grooves throughout the entire record. A wonderful bit of Latin soul, and a tough one to find on wax! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has heavy wear, red electrical tape along all seams, with writing in pen. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)
Classic mellow Latin groovers from Joe, and one of the nicer sides he ever cut for Fantasy. The record's got Joe working with his quintet on a mixture of Latin standards – like "Frenesi", "Sin Ti", "Perfida", and "Amor, Amor, Amor" – and the groove is nicely jazzy, with Joe's usual "loco" touches on the keyboard. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original red vinyl pressing. Cover has some light wear and a tiny bit of seam splitting.)
The only album ever cut by conga player Armando Peraza – the killer percussionist who worked with Cal Tjader in the 60s! The album's got a very similar feel to Cal's work of the time – blending together jazz, Latin, and groovy 60s rhythms – with lots of percussion on the bottom, and instrumentation that includes electric piano, funky flute, and some nice alto sax. Most tracks have the off-center sound that you'd expect from the Skye label – and arrangements are by Cal and Gary McFarland, so you know the tunes are pretty darn great! Titles include a mix of originals like "Viva Pereza", "Red Onions" "Granny's Samba", plus groovy covers like "Wild Thing", "Mony Mony", "Funky Broadway". LP, Vinyl record album
Stunning sounds from Willie Rodriguez – easily one of the hardest, heaviest leaders on the 60s scene in New York! The record is a live one, but has the focus and intensity of Willie's best studio work for Fonseca – red hot grooves that are a fusion of Willie's Puerto Rican roots with some of the best pre-salsa modes of the time – a vibe that's a lot like the Joe Cuba Sextet at their best, with blistering piano and percussion in the rhythms, and some tight trumpet soaring out over the top! There's a few mellower tracks, but most numbers are groovers – and titles include "Gua Guanco #1", "Dolor Y Pena", "La Mulata Mariana", "Dame Un Chance", "El Velorio", "Ruby", and the great "Descarga". LP, Vinyl record album
Sockin soul work from Mongo Santamaria – a real killer of an album, with a dope 70s sound! The album features Mongo hitting a nice blacksploitation mode – fuller arrangements than before, plus lots of electric touches on guitar, bass, and keyboards. Marty Sheller did most of the arrangements – taking things up a few notches from his 60s recordings with Mongo – and other players include Armando Peraza, Bernard Purdie, Neal Creque, Stanley Turrentine, and Eddie Gale. Titles include "Geechee Girl", "Sometimes Bread", "Hippo Walk", "The Letter", "Tell It", "Listen Here", and "Afro Walk". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label Broadway pressing. Cover has some wear & a name in marker.)